For Brooke O’Keefe, her reign as Miss Destin is about to come to an end as well as her senior year at Fort Walton Beach High School.
In the meantime, she, like most students in Okaloosa County, is adjusting to doing school from home as well as being away from friends with the social distancing measures in place due to the COVID-19.
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“The teachers have made it a very simple and easy transition,” said O’Keefe concerning the online schooling.
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As for the “changing of the guard” so to speak for Miss Destin, it may look a bit different this year due to all the closures and social distancing. The Miss Destin pageant is still scheduled for May 9 at the Destin Community Center. However, right now the community center is closed until the end of April and the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which conducts the Miss Destin Pageant, is trying to figure out a good timeline for the event and how it will all look this year.
But we do know there are seven girls vying to be Miss Destin and there will be a Miss Destin 2020, according to Rodeo officials.
Here’s a question and answer The Log did with O’Keefe to give you a little insight into what she’s been up too in recent weeks while social distancing.
What activities are you involved in at school?
I am a varsity cheerleader, Student Advisory Council Representative, in the Leadership program, and in multiple academic clubs.
Who are you social distancing with? Has this strengthened the family bond?
I am social distancing with my family (mom, brother, and sister). I was very close with my family prior to the social distancing, however, as this opportunity challenges us, it does strengthen our bond.
What do you miss most about being at school?
Seeing everyone I went to school with: students, teachers and administration.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Typically math and science are tied for my favorites and I would say the same applies for this year. Currently I am in AP Statistics and Biomedical Innovations.
How are you adjusting to online school?
The teachers have made it a very simple and easy transition. I have taken online classes in the past so it’s not new for me to have to create my own schedule to complete assignments.
This being your senior year, how do you feel about missing prom and possibly not being able to “walk” for graduation?
Although I was looking forward to senior prom with my classmates, I was able to go to prom last year, so that was not as much of a loss as graduation. Graduation has been a day I have looked forward to since I started school, making the potential loss of the event a harder pill to swallow. However, I would take health over walking across a stage any day.
Have you watched or binged anything good?
I am currently in the middle of multiple shows on Netflix. Right now, I am watching “The Blacklist,” “Stranger Things,” and “All American.”
How are you staying busy?
With all this free time, I have been running regularly and have found a lot of joy and relaxation from it.
What’s your favorite go-to snack?
Cookies! My sister has been baking cookies nearly every night and I can’t resist.
With all the “at home” time right now, which is your favorite meal of the day - breakfast, lunch or dinner ... and what would be on your plate?
Lately, I haven’t been waking up early enough for breakfast, and sometimes lunch, so I would say dinner! For dinner, I would probably be eating chicken tacos.
If you could sit down in a restaurant today and order a meal, what would it be?
Anything from Burrito Del Sol!
What kind of advice would you offer your fellow classmates for dealing with the pandemic?
We’re all in this together.
How do you feel about the idea of possibly no Miss Destin Pageant and all the events that surround it, such as the tea and cruise around the harbor?
It saddens me that there is a possibility that those events won’t happen this year, for myself but mainly for the contestants. As much as I was looking forward to them, I was able to experience it for the past two years as a contestant, and I wanted the girls this year to be able to do the same.
Although we will have a Miss Destin, just maybe no pageant due to the coronavirus, would you consider being Miss Destin again for the 2020 Destin Fishing Rodeo?
Absolutely! I had one of the best months on the docks last October and wouldn’t pass up another opportunity to do it again with some of my favorite people. They all know who they are, but I miss them dearly. Nonetheless, I am excited to come back and judge, and let another Miss Destin step up and get to experience all of what the Destin Fishing Rodeo is.